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Woman claims family abandoned by police during suicide threat

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CHAPMANSBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A Chapmansboro woman said her husband was chased by police for a crime he didn't commit and then abandoned when he put a gun to his own head.

The wife of Christopher Gay said she wants to file negligence charges against the Cheatham County Sheriff's Department for leaving her family in harm's way.

"I was scared," said Virginia Gay. "What was he going to do to us? The state of mind he was in, I didn't know. They didn't call a negotiator down here. They didn't say anything about us."

Cheatham County Sheriff John Holder said last week Christopher Gay was stopped in his car when he matched a description for a suspect wanted in a Robertson County burglary.

"He gassed his car, stepped away from the vehicle and when he got right at me, I did shoot one round at the back tire to try and stop him from running," said Cheatham County Sheriff's Department investigator Travis Walker.

Virginia Gay argued the gunshot scared her husband into running from police, leading to a chase spanning several counties, ending back at the family's Ervin Pace Road home.

The house surrounded, it was determined Gay wasn't the suspect in the burglary.

Virginia Gay said her husband had a gun to his head in the house when law enforcement left.

"Holder comes up to us and says, 'Well, we're going to leave. I don't want him to hurt himself or hurt one of my boys,' " said Virginia Gay. "They left, and they left him here with us."

Holder said Gay's father-in-law had been sent in to talk to him, and he felt the situation was under control.

After an hour, Virginia Gay said her husband put the gun down, but he now faces charges stemming from the chase and has disappeared.

"He told me goodbye yesterday morning, and he left," said Virginia Gay. "He told me he didn't want me to know where he's going. He didn't want me in trouble."

Gay has previously been arrested for escaping a South Carolina prison van and a Coffee County patrol car in addition to stealing a Walmart truck and singer Crystal Gale's tour bus.

Virginia Gay said her husband has paranoid schizophrenia, and she believes her family was abandoned by law enforcement during a dangerous situation. She said her husband fears for his life in jail and won't turn himself in until officials promise him protection while incarcerated.

Christopher Gay was supposed to turn himself in to the Cheatham County Sheriff's Department on charges of evading arrest and aggravated assault Friday.

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